by Le Sommelier, a ‘Certified Good Food Fighter

The LCBO is bringing back SEXY the popular full bodied red you love so much… from Portugal with an international flair. Seriously quite appealing, especially at this price ($17.95) and this quality level. Fita Preta Vinhos is a quality focused, forward thinking winery, with a young, dymanic team at the healm doing everything right. Their SEXY red is a great introduction to the winery’s style, and would be a great comparison to their Fita Preta Red 2010, also available through VINTAGES (LCBO #244764) @ $18.95, but not for long…


Le Sommelier

Fita Preta SEXY Tinto 2010

Tasting Note:
“Whether this wine is sexy or not is a point for hot debate, though it certainly is alluring. Entices with aromas of vanilla, plum, raspberry, spice, coffee bean, roasted pecan. Dry and intensely fruity with a soft, round centre. There is a touch of tannin on the end bringing a fine balance. Enjoy this wine tonight with veal medallions in a red-wine sauce.” (VINTAGES panel, July 2011)

Varietal: 50% Touriga Nacional, 25% Aragonês, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Syrah
Region: Alentejo, Portugal
Price: $17.95 (per bottle)
LCBO #144485

Fina Preto Vinhos Tinto 2008

Tasting Note:
“Aragones, the primary grape in this blend which also includes Trincadera and Alicante Boushet – is one of the many pseudonms of the noble Tempranillo grape. Quite a beautiful nose here with notes of coffee, vanillla, dark fruits and rasperberry, with a lifted violet. Dry and crisp, the palate displays excellent balance, with well-integrated tannins lending amble structure. More blackberry, rasperry, coffee and vanilla en route to a nice, long finish. Enjoy with chicken paella.” (VINTAGES panel, Feb 2011)

Varietal: 40% Aragones, 35% Trincadeira, 25% Alicante Bouschet
Region: Alentejo, Portugal
Price: $18.95 (per bottle)
LCBO #244764

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